Upon opening a National Geographic magazine,a reader is instantly bombarded by beautiful pictures scattered throughout the issue. Since its beginning in 1888, NatGeo has drawn millions of readers from all over the world with their engaging articles and awe-inspiring pictures. After over 100 years of pictures, the Museum of the Rockies recently opened a new exhibit presenting the 50 greatest National Geographic pictures of all time.
The breathtaking display came to the museum on Friday, Feb. 26; pictures now litter the display hall, ranging from the classics that everyone has seen to unknown ones that may be new to viewers. Each picture has a brief description of the story behind how the photographer took the picture at just the right time and where the picture was taken. There are also iPads mounted on the wall next to each set of photos, providing more information on each of the photographers who took the picture, as well as even more stories about the pictures, thus enhancing the complete experience.
The coolest thing that some of the pictures have is the “failed” attempts of the pictures. While the final product is displayed proudly in the center of the frame, there are around six pictures taken before the final product was achieved. This shows the amount of effort that goes into the pictures. It adds even more to the quality of the exhibit.
“This is one of the coolest exhibits we’ve ever had,” said Marketing Director Mark Robinson. “Apart from being beautiful and breathtaking, they come from all different parts of the world. It basically gives the viewer little glimpses of the world. It takes everyone on an adventure with every picture.”
Apart from the breathtaking NatGeo exhibit, there is another section about a trip through the Andes. In “Across the Andes,” hundreds of pictures were taken from Deia Schlosberg and Gregg Treinish’s 7,800 mile journey through the Andes mountain range. Each picture is paired with a journal entry describing what they had done on their journey up to when the picture was taken. These photographs range from sensational pictures of the mountains themselves to the villages and people they found on their journey, to the equipment at various parts of the trip. Treinish is a Bozeman local, so the collection has local relevance, making it relatable for everybody.
“These pictures give an incredible insight into the Andean culture,” Robinson said. “There are pictures of children they met on their trip and the villages they lived in. The pictures paired with the journal entries really tell a story. Then being able to see Schlosberg and Treinish’s shoes at the end of their journey and being able to see the wear on the shoes shows the amount of work that went into their journey.”
The Museum of the Rockies brought in a breath-taking display that is appropriate for all ages. From being able to get “little glimpses of the world” to getting to experience the Andes with a Bozeman local, who will be giving lectures about their journey throughout the exhibit’s time at the museum, the new exhibit provides something for everyone. It’s good to go to with a date, with a group of friends or even alone. The story behind every picture may have a different effect of every person who sees it.
“National Geographic’s 50 Greatest Photos” and “Across the Andes” will be featured at the Museum of the Rockies until May 30.